JD Salinger takes umbrage with Catcher In The Rye 'sequel'

Wednesday June 3, 2009

JD Salinger, the author of the classic 1951 novel The Catcher In The Rye, has taken legal action to prevent the publication of a book billed as a follow-up to his most famous work.

Lawyers acting for the reclusive 90-year-old, who lives in New Hampshire, filed papers with a New York court calling the book a "rip-off, pure and simple".

Titled 60 Years Later: Coming Through The Rye the work -  by a Swedish-American author using the name John David California - picks up on the story of JD Salinger's original protagonist, Holden Caulfield. It features a 76-year-old man called Mr C who sets out to escape from his nursing home.

"To me this is a story about an old man. It's a love story, a story about an author and his character," says its writer.

"I did not mean to cause him any trouble," he added, referring to the US novelist.

The novel, which is dedicated to Salinger, is due to be published in the UK later this summer and America later in the year. JD Salinger has steadfastly refused to part wtih filming rights for The Catcher In The Rye, which has grown into something of a cult phenomenon. 


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